Weird things happen to me more than they do to other people. Just ask my boss… When I was a new employee, I asked what the spending limit was on our corporate AMX cards. He told me, “$5,000.” I said, “Considering how much we travel, that’s a bit low, don’t you think?” He said, “In nine years here, I’ve never seen it breached.” What happened three weeks later? I went to
In general, if there’s an exception to the rule, it will happen to me. Therefore, I’m always extraordinarily nervous at the airport in and around the security line. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is much easier to deal with if you approach them as you would a good episode of Laurel and Hardy or the Three Stooges. There’s humor everywhere you look when you watch them. It’s ironic that they represent the lowest IQ level and the most poorly trained representatives our government has ever employed; yet, they are the only line of visible defense against a massive terrorist attack against us.
For the record, there are no published criteria for the threat levels, and thus no independent way to tell whether the current threat level is accurate. The threat levels Green and Blue have never been used. Thus the five level system becomes, in practice, a three level system. The evidence cited to justify changes in threat levels has been stated vaguely and its sources have seldom been revealed. So for fun, I asked a boarding pass checker with a TSA badge what threats other than Orange (the current “established” level) existed. She had no idea, but she put me on the “check this man by hand” list just for being “difficult.” She got frustrated, trying to answer the question, then finally yelled out, “Shanequa? I need a male assist for a difficult person!” Great. The curse continued. Here’s the threats and their colors if you’re interested:
A final note (rant); be careful how you pack your belongings. I recently flew home from